If you enjoy the Modern Art Notes post linked-to here and below, you’ll probably enjoy Episode No. 8 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast. That show featured Huntington Library curator Jenny Watts talking about Carleton Watkins, in particular his work in Kern County and southern California. It’s one of my favorite shows. Download it here.
Today is Columbus Day, but for how much longer? As you may know, there’s a nascent mini-movement afoot to re-name the holiday “Explorer’s Day” or “Exploration Day.” As an art guy, I fully support this idea, if only because there’s a lot more art about exploration in America than there is of, uh, Cristóbal Colón.
From Modern Art Notes, here’s one story — or is it two? — of art and exploration in the United States. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed typing it up.
Image: Edward Kern, Sunday Oct 29 1848 on the before crossing Smoky Hill For[k]. Smoky Hills in the Distance, 1848. Yale Collection of Western Americana, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.